March 9th, 2011
11:37 PM ET
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Tim Gibson

    Much has been said about arming those who have joined the uprising and in that regard we should carefully examine our past errors in that regard. What happened when we armed the afghan people.

    It is sad and unfortunate for the people, yet, a civil war remains within the realm of civilians and not to be bent into further actions that damage our own nation.

    March 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  2. Ellen Stuart

    The problem with our (and the international community's) approach to the situation in Libya is that we have accepted Gaddafi's characterization of it as a "civil war." It is not a civil war - this is not two sides composed of the Libyan people fighting against each other; it is the Libyan people (not soldiers) being targeted and killed by their own government because of their political beliefs.This, according to the UN's own definition, is genocide, and, as such, the international community is obligated to act. After Rwanda, we said, "Never again. Not on our watch." But here we are, making the same political arguments for not getting involved, and, yet again, accepting an oppressive government's euphemistic characterization of the slaughter as "civil war" to justify our inaction. When this is over, there will be mass graves, as in Rwanda. We will see the bodies of civilians (men, women, and children) who pleaded for our help, and again we will have to live with our inaction, our failure to uphold the principles we purport to believe in and encourage the rest of the world to accept and follow.

    March 10, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  3. Stella Richardson

    I've been following the Libya uprising on CNN and I want to applaud Anderson Cooper's and the reporters on the ground for their compassionate and excellent reporting. CNN has become the voice for the Libyan people and I only hope that those in power are watching and listening. We can't just standby and watch the wholesale massacre of a people who only want freedom.
    I'll be tuning in tomorrow and once again, thank you for having the courage to report the truth.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  4. Carolyn jaskolka

    Why is the USA not helping

    March 10, 2011 at 1:34 am |
  5. audrey papke

    Gadhafi's tactics are no less ruthless than are Bin Ladin's.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  6. audrey papke

    The Hindu just released the most well-written and impactful statements to date . . . The US wants coordinated International effort on Libya, but reserves the right to take unilateral steps. UK very angry – treatment of journalists . . . vows not to ignore the terrorism committed against journalists . . . mocking them, cocking AK -47s to terrorize the journalists . . . That innocent people were bieng killed. Peaceful protesters were gunned down, almost immediately. Gadhafi imagines all money belongs to him and to his sons. It is impossible, by my understanding of war crimes, for Gadhafi to escape an impending appointment at the Hague.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  7. Adam Miklovis, CAPT. USN-Ret.


    Keep up the good work on covering the quagmire in Libya.
    Discussions on employing a 'no fly zone' have been rather lame. A singular asset that has not been mentioned is the Navy's AEGIS Combat System with it's AN/SPY-1 radar. The AEGIS system is onboard cruisers and destroyers currently steaming in the Mediterranean. In fact, it proved it's performance in the Persian Gulf a few years back when it brought down an Iranian passenger plane. I offer for consideration employing this antiair warfare system (AAW) to be employed to sanitize the skies over Libya from a safe distance off shore.
    In fact, there are two other NATO Fleets that have AEGIS ships... namely Spain & Norway.
    I believe it would be worthwhile to pull this thread through the Pentagon.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  8. R Boscow

    ...what a great report! I wish our leadership had the –courage- to help with air support, maybe just some verble encouragement, ANYTHING! I feel the frustration and emotion she so elloquently voices.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  9. abdul Ibrahim

    Thank you for covering the truth.
    Libyan people will never forget your stand to uncover the brutality of Qaddafi.

    please keep the good work.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  10. Wagner

    If you watched the latest interview , who was the first on the list to call for help. " Obama " , meaning America... Im so sick of everyone calling for help and then just giving us a high five after we fix everything. Look throughout history, helping never changes anything. These people have been fighting their own wars way before America was even around. Liberals need to go over there and fix things themselves.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  11. Wagner

    Im not sure why everyone thinks its a great idea for America to get involved , arent we involved enough in the middle east? Yes , people are dying but arent our people dying and isnt our economy going in shambles?

    March 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm |